2018 North Dakota State Bison Football Team
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2018 North Dakota State Bison Football Team
2018 North Dakota State Bison football
North Dakota State Bison wordmark.svg
NCAA Division I FCS national champion
MVFC champion
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 1
FCS CoachesNo. 1
2018 record15-0 (8-0 MVFC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorCourtney Messingham (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorMatt Entz (5th season)
Home stadiumFargodome
(Capacity: 19,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 North Dakota State $^   8 0         15 0  
No. 3 South Dakota State ^   6 2         10 3  
No. 23 Northern Iowa ^   5 3         7 6  
Indiana State   5 3         7 4  
Western Illinois   4 4         5 6  
Illinois State   3 5         6 5  
Youngstown State   3 5         4 7  
South Dakota   3 5         4 7  
Missouri State   2 6         4 7  
Southern Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2018 North Dakota State Bison football team represents North Dakota State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Chris Klieman, who also coached his final season with the Bison before heading off to take over for the retiring Bill Snyder at Kansas State. The team played their 26th season in the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They entered the season as defending National Champions and had won six of the last seven FCS titles. In 2018, the Bison finished the regular season 11-0, the first undefeated Bison season since the 2013 campaign, and won their eighth consecutive MVFC title. They received an automatic qualifying bid to the FCS playoff tournament and were seeded as the No. 1 team. The Bison then went 4-0 in the FCS playoffs to finish 15-0 and FCS champions.

Previous season

The Bison finished the 2017 season 14-1, 7-1 in MVFC play to win the MVFC championship for the seventh consecutive year.[1][2] As a result, the Bison received the conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs as the No. 2 seed.[3][4] In the playoffs, they defeated San Diego,[5][6]Wofford,[7][8][9] and Sam Houston State to advance to the National Championship game.[10][11][12] There they defeated James Madison to win the school's sixth National Championship in seven years.[13][14][15]

Preseason

Award watch lists

Award Player Position Year
Walter Payton Award[16] Bruce Anderson RB SR
Easton Stick QB SR
Buck Buchanan Award[17] Greg Menard DE SR

Preseason MVFC poll

The MVFC released their preseason poll on July 29, 2018, with the Bison predicted unanimously to win the MVFC championship.[18]

Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 North Dakota State 390 (39)
2 South Dakota State 270
3 Northern Iowa 258
4 Youngstown State 248
5 Illinois State 248
6 South Dakota 206
7 Western Illinois 163
8 Southern Illinois 139
9 Missouri State 90
10 Indiana State 41

Preseason All-MVFC Teams

The Bison placed eleven players on the preseason all-MVFC teams.[19]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12:30 p.m.Cal Poly*No. 1NBC ND/ESPN+W 49-318,483
September 152:30 p.m.North Alabama*No. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND/ESPN+W 38-718,557
September 221:00 p.m.Delaware*daggerNo. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND/ESPN+W 38-1018,883
September 292:30 p.m.No. 3 South Dakota StateNo. 1
NBC ND/ESPN+W 21-1718,846
October 61:00 p.m.at No. 22 Northern IowaNo. 1NBC ND/ESPN+W 56-319,899
October 136:00 p.m.at Western IllinoisNo. 1NBC ND/ESPN+W 34-72,709
October 202:30 p.m.No. 8 Illinois StateNo. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND/ESPN+W 28-1418,553
October 272:00 p.m.at South DakotaNo. 1NBC ND/ESPN+W 59-149,589
November 32:30 p.m.Youngstown StateNo. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND (Harvest Bowl)
NBC ND/ESPN+W 17-718,028
November 102:00 p.m.at Missouri StateNo. 1ESPN+W 48-75,224
November 172:30 p.m.Southern IllinoisNo. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND/ESPN+W 65-1718,008
December 12:00 p.m. No. 23 Montana State*No. 1
NBC ND/ESPN3W 52-1017,005
December 811:00 a.m.No. 8 Colgate*No. 1
NBC ND/ESPNW 35-016,404
December 147:00 p.m.No. 5 South Dakota State*No. 1
ESPN2W 44-2118,286
January 511:00 a.m.No. 3 Eastern Washington*No. 1ESPN2W 38-24 17,802
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summaries

Polls are based on the FCS STATS Poll

Cal Poly

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 3 0 0 0 3
No. 1 Bison 7 21 14 7 49

North Alabama

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 0 7 7
No. 1 Bison 7 10 7 14 38

Delaware

1 2 3 4 Total
Fightin' Blue Hens 0 0 0 10 10
No. 1 Bison 28 7 3 0 38

South Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Jackrabbits 7 0 10 0 17
No. 1 Bison 0 14 0 7 21

at Northern Iowa

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Bison 7 14 7 28 56
No. 22 Panthers 14 10 7 0 31

at Western Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
No.1 Bison 3 14 7 10 34
Leathernecks 0 7 0 0 7

Illinois State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Redbirds 0 0 7 7 14
No. 1 Bison 7 14 7 0 28

at South Dakota

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Bison 21 14 7 17 59
Coyotes 0 7 7 0 14

Youngstown State

1 2 3 4 Total
Penguins 0 0 7 0 7
No. 1 Bison 0 7 0 10 17

at Missouri State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Bison 20 14 14 0 48
Bears 0 0 7 0 7

[20]

Southern Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
Salukis 14 0 3 0 17
No. 1 Bison 28 16 7 14 65

FCS Playoffs

Montana State-Second Round

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 23 Bobcats 3 0 7 0 10
No. 1 Bison 21 17 7 7 52

Colgate-Quarterfinals

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Raiders 0 0 0 0 0
No. 1 Bison 7 7 14 7 35

South Dakota State-Semifinals

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Jackrabbits 7 0 14 0 21
No. 1 Bison 7 7 21 9 44

Eastern Washington-Championship

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Eagles 0 10 7 7 24
No. 1 Bison 10 7 14 7 38

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS 1 (151) 1 (157) 1 (154) 1 (152) 1 (152) 1 (155) 1 (160) 1 (160) 1 (163) 1 (160) 1 (158) 1 (155) 1 (155) 1 (156)
Coaches 1 (23) 1 (26) 1 (25) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26)

Players drafted into the NFL

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
5 166 Easton Stick QB Los Angeles Chargers

References

  1. ^ "North Dakota State football claims third outright Missouri Valley crown". Star Tribune. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Bison Lead League With 11 All-MVFC Picks, Six on First Team". GoBison.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ KVLY. "Bison earn No. 2 seed in FCS Playoffs". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "James Madison, NDSU are 1-2 in FCS playoff field". FOX Sports. 2017-11-19. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "San Diego vs. North Dakota State - Game Summary - December 2, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "North Dakota State rolls past San Diego again, 38-3". USA TODAY. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "North Dakota State, behind Stick, throttles Wofford in FCS quarters". FOX Sports. 2017-12-09. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Stick leads No. 2 ND State to FCS semifinals with 42-10 over No. 7 Wofford". USA TODAY. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Lucky Seven: Bison roll Wofford, advance to seventh consecutive..." INFORUM. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Sam Houston State routed by North Dakota State, falls short of FCS championship game". SportsDay. 2017-12-15. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "North Dakota State overpowers Sam Houston State to advance to FCS championship game". Argus Leader. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "North Dakota State returns to FCS title game with rout vs. Sam Houston State". USA TODAY. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "North Dakota State beats JMU in FCS Championship". SI.com. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Press, Associated. "North Dakota State takes back FCS title with 17-13 victory over James Madison". latimes.com. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "North Dakota State outlasts James Madison to claim FCS championship for the sixth time in seven years". SportsDay. 2018-01-06. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "FCS football: 2018 Walter Payton Award watch list". August 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "FCS football: 2018 Buck Buchanan Award watch list announced". August 2, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ http://www.valley-football.org/news/2018/7/19/football-north-dakota-state-tabbed-as-favorite-to-win-2018-mvfc-title.aspx
  19. ^ http://valley-football.org/documents/2018/7/31//2018_MVFC_Preseason_Team_and_Poll.pdf?id=41
  20. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=401029753

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